At Fern Creek Dentistry, our goal is to prevent dental problems before they occur. Unfortunately, this is not always possible due to poor oral hygiene, genetics, infrequent dental exams, and other risk factors. This is why we also specialize in restorative dentistry. Our restorative services are designed to improve the function and aesthetics of your smile, as well as your overall oral health.
CEREC® Same-Day Crowns
With CEREC, you only need one appointment. How is this possible? Advanced dental technology allows us to take digital impressions of your mouth. Rather than sending your impressions to an off-site lab, we can custom design your crown right on the computer. Thanks to precise impressions and exact dimensions, we can design a crown that will perfectly fit within your mouth. We can also perfectly match the shade of your enamel for the most natural appearance. The greatest advantage of a CEREC crown is that you only need one appointment.
Learn more about CEREC Same-Day Crowns.
Dental fillings are the best way to restore minor to moderate instances of tooth decay. Most fillings these days consist of a material known as composite resin. Composite resin is an aesthetically-pleasing material that we color-match to the existing shade of your enamel. For this reason, a composite filling is virtually indistinguishable from the rest of your tooth.
Read more about tooth colored dental fillings.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that improves the structure and cosmetics of a damaged or decayed tooth. During the procedure, your tooth must be completely reshaped to accommodate the shape of the crown. Once the tooth is reshaped, we will permanently bond the crown to the enamel using a special adhesive. Many crowns are fabricated these days with porcelain, due to its unmatched aesthetics.
Discover how a dental crown can be used on a damaged or decayed tooth.
A dental bridge is a tooth replacement that typically consists of two dental crowns linked together by a pontic, or false tooth. A traditional bridge is supported by the two surrounding teeth, known as abutment teeth, that we reshape to receive the crowns. A bridge can also be supported by a series of dental implants if multiple adjacent teeth are missing. If you are missing a tooth, a bridge will prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of their proper position.
Read more about how a dental bridge can help if you have a missing tooth.
A dental implant is a small titanium post that we surgically embed into the jawbone. The implant serves as the root component of a prosthetic tooth. Once the implant is in place, it will fuse to the bone during the process of osseointegration. Osseointegration allows the implant to support a restoration against the strongest forces of your bite. For this reason, dental implants are widely considered to be the next best thing to your natural teeth.
Learn more about the benefits of dental implants.
For a dental implant to be successful, you must have a sufficient amount of bone in the jaw. If your bone is too thin or soft, it may cause the implant to fail. Patients with inadequate bone may need to undergo a bone graft. Fern Creek Dentistry offers bone grafting to build up new bone in the area of your jaw that will eventually hold a dental implant. The procedure is relatively simple, and might be an integral step to improving the function and aesthetics of your smile!
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Dentures: Complete, Partial & Custom
A denture is a removable appliance that is usually used to replace one or more missing teeth. A partial denture usually attaches to the surrounding teeth with metal clasps. A complete denture consists of a flesh-colored acrylic base that supports a complete arch of prosthetic teeth. We offer custom-fit dentures as a more comfortable, functional, and durable solution.
Discover how different types of removable dentures can replace missing teeth.
There are two types of tooth extractions: simple and surgical. We perform a simple extraction on a tooth that has already erupted above the gumline. We perform a surgical extraction on a tooth that has become impacted, or has yet to erupt, such as wisdom teeth. Extraction may be necessary to prevent the spread of infection and other complications.
Learn more about tooth extractions and when they are necessary.
Root Canal Therapy
A root canal is a last-ditch effort to save a tooth from extraction. We may recommend a root canal if an infection has spread to the “pulpy” center of the tooth that contains nerve endings and other connective tissues. Once the infection has been removed, we fill the canals with a rubber-like material known as gutta-percha. A tooth that has received root canal treatment typically needs to be capped with a crown.
Discover how a root canal could save a tooth from being extracted.
Inlays & Onlays
When you get a cavity, you may think that the only treatment available is a filling. While fillings can treat many cavities, there are some situations in which this treatment may not be the best solution. Fortunately, there are other options. At Fern Creek Dentistry, we can provide other solutions, including inlays and onlays.
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Schedule an Appointment
To learn more about our restorative services call (704) 380-9555, and schedule your appointment now!